R.I. Historical Society celebrates restoration of oldest American theater scenery

CONSERVATORS APPLY minimal amounts of paint to a 200-year-old theater drop curtain in an effort to restore it. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Historical Society will celebrate the recent restoration of an early, massive view of Providence, painted on a theater drop curtain more than 200 years ago, at its 198th annual meeting on Wednesday. Painted in 1809, the curtain is believed to be the oldest surviving piece of American theater scenery. It…

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